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Keygene Buys 454 Sequencer; First Sequencer 20 Placement for Roche in Europe

NEW YORK, Jan. 9 (GenomeWeb News) - Keygene purchased 454's Genome Sequencer 20 system from Roche Diagnostics, the companies announced today.


Keygene is Roche's first European customer for the sequencing system.


The Genome Sequencer 20 System takes a nanotechnology based approach to sequencing and was developed by 454 Life Sciences. The system sequences over 20 million bases within a four and a half hour run, Roche said.


Roche, 454 Life Sciences, and Kegene will use the system with Keygene's AFLP and SNPWave technologies to develop applications in plant genetics.

The Scan

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The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.